Report: TSA doesn't know if bomb-detecting machines work

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Report Claims TSA Doesn't Know If Bomb-Detecting Machines Work

A new report claims American lives may be at risk because the TSA doesn't know if bomb-detecting machines are even operational.

An audit done by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found the Transportation Security Administration has such poor management over the maintenance of equipment that the agency doesn't even know if their machines are working.

"[The] TSA has not issued adequate policies and procedures to airports for carrying out equipment maintenance-related responsibilities," the audit reads. "Because TSA does not adequately oversee equipment maintenance, it cannot be assured that routine preventive maintenance is performed or that equipment is repaired and ready for operational use."

If the security equipment isn't working, TSA agents would have to resort to more time consuming methods for screening passengers and luggage which are less effective at detecting dangerous items.

"The safety of airline passengers and aircraft could be jeopardized," claims the audit.

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Report: TSA doesn't know if bomb-detecting machines work
Holiday travelers line up on Thanksgiving eve for a security screening before boarding their flights on November 27, 2013, at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Holiday travelers line up on Thanksgiving eve for a security screening before boarding their flights on November 27, 2013, at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Holiday travelers line up on Thanksgiving eve for a security screening before boarding their flights on November 27, 2013, at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Paul J. Richards (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Passengers queue at the security checkpoint at the Rhein-Main airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday July 3, 2014. U.S. intelligence officials are concerned that al-Qaida is trying to develop a new and improved bomb that could go undetected through airport security. There is no indication that such a bomb has been created or that there's a specific threat to the U.S., but the Obama administration on Wednesday called for tighter security measures at foreign airports that have direct flights to the U.S. (AP Photo/dpa,Frank Rumpenhorst)
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Holiday travelers work their way through the security line at Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Holiday travelers work their way through the security line at Pittsburgh International Airport in Imperial, Pa., Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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